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El Lobo08 Nov 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

Why are the 95th Rifle Battalions so popular with wargamers and so widely available to buy .I know they are classed as "elite" I've even heard them described as the Napoleonic SAS( quite a statement)so why aren't units such as the 5th batt 60th or the Portuguese Cazadores rifled coys held in such high regard?The overall effect of such units through out the Napoleonic wars must have been on a par to each other.

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Old Peculiar08 Nov 2017 2:03 p.m. PST

95th? Had some good writers in their ranks, and others who saw them as the source of good stories. The rest is propoganda.

14Bore08 Nov 2017 5:12 p.m. PST

I would put it down to the Sharpe series, many first hand accounts ( bonus in English) and a excellent unit leading in many battles. Don't have many British units myself in fact only a few Highlanders and the 1 battalion of the 95th.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2017 1:03 a.m. PST

Man, that is one OLD battalion! :)


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2017 11:42 a.m. PST


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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2017 9:35 a.m. PST

Did the 5th battalion 60th ever fight as a battalion? Didn't always get parceled out as company sized detachment or smaller?
While the 95th fought as half and full battalions. And you can just use 95th figures and paint as 5/60th

dibble16 Nov 2017 5:36 p.m. PST

The 5/60th fought as a battalion at Vimerio, alongside the 50th and 2/95th. In Fane's 6th Brigade. They also fought alongside the 95th at the earlier battle of Rolica. The 60th were broken up into Companies when the Duke commanded them the second time around in the Peninsula.


dibble16 Nov 2017 5:38 p.m. PST

Old Peculiar

Propaganda? What propaganda was that?

Paul :)

El Lobo20 Nov 2017 11:29 a.m. PST

If the rifle was so accurate and had such a good reputation on the battlefield then why didn't Napoleon have his own rifle unit,( or did he?) especially when the French seemed to put so much resources into fielding Light infantry Battalions /companies of voltigeurs and using skirmish tactics.I know it took longer to load a rifle and to train a rifleman than a musket holding soldier ,but its not as if he didn't have enough time to do so.(ie raise a rifle unit)

dibble20 Nov 2017 4:28 p.m. PST

An earlier discussion.

TMP link

Paul :)

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